Oregon man forces his grandma to drive while he smokes meth

Robert White of Salem, Oregon faces several charges, including kidnapping and meth possession

An Oregon man forces his grandma to drive while he smokes meth.
Robert White (Courtesy of Marion Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — An 87-year-old grandmother was forced to drive for nearly 12 hours after her grandson held a knife to his own throat and smoked meth, investigators said.

Robert White’s family had been trying to help him deal with his meth addiction and put him in a hotel room for a few days, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. His grandmother came to get him Saturday.

The 22-year-old got into the back of her car, put a knife to his throat and told her to drive. Authorities say he smoked meth and rambled about being followed for nine months.

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, White called 911. GPS technology helped deputies find and stop them.

According to authorities, the grandmother was not hurt, but she was tired.

White faces charges of 2nd-degree kidnapping, meth possession, menacing, 1st-degree criminal mischief and violating the protective order around his grandmother.

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